The Honor V10 was launched on Dec 5th, 2017 and was initially targeted at the Premium market. At publishing time, the Honor V10’s price was estimated at $450 USD (estimated price by Ubergizmo, the official price will be released later by Huawei and its retails partners). Although this product was built to address the Premium market ($450 to $600), keep in mind that many products will shift segments as their price evolve over their lifespan.

Using price as main criteria, we chose an array of suitable competitors which may be alternatives to assess how the Honor V10 (aka Honor View 10) fits in its immediate smartphone landscape: OnePlus OnePlus 5 (479 USD), Essential PH-1 (499 USD), LG G6 (399 USD),

Key Specifications

  • 5.99” IPS LCD Display (2160×1080)
  • 16 Camera, f/1.8 aperture
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 platform 6 RAM, 128 GB of Storage
  • 3750 mAh battery capacity
  • Android 8.0

Industrial Design

Comfort

This smartphone feels comfortable in hand because it has a width of 75mm for a thickness of 7mm (0.28 inches). For reference this is based on a medium size hand (US M gloves). You can try guessing what suits you best based on this. The weight of 172 grams (6.07 oz) makes it an average smartphone in this category, however, it is the thinnest one, compared to the OnePlus 5 (7.5mm), the Essential PH-1 (7.8mm) and the LG G6 (7.9mm).

Build Quality

The V10’s look and feel is similar to the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus that launched in March at MWC in Barcelona. The Chinese manufacturer used the same design language with some subtle changes here and there. The dual camera module is placed exactly at the same location as it is in the P10 series, and looks  exactly the same.

The main noticeable difference in the build quality is the material used for the back cover, the P10 featured an amazing unique texture, labeled “diamond…” by Huwaei while the Honor View 10 gets a more plain soft paint that comes in toned down color options. The unique bright blue that I loved in the P10 unit I reviewed is now replaced by a darker shade of the same color, probably to appeal to a broader range of customers.

The metal unibody body offers a great built-quality and feels premium although it does not look as high-end as a shiny metal body covered with glass, like you see in the LG G6 elegant chassis. In comparison, the Essential PH-1 body looks premium and shiny with its ceramic back cover, however it feels a little different from the LG G6 in part due to the sharper angles of the design. That said, there are many high-end metal phones, so we will leave this to your appreciation. Objectively, metal bodies are more durable, which leads to the next paragraph…

Durability

Compared to the Essential PH-1, and the LG G6 that are rated IP55 and IP 68 respectively, the Honor V10 does not offer any ruggedness, jut like the OnePlus 5T.  Water or splash resistance are features that consumers tend to require, since dropping a phone in the sink, the bathroom or the swimming pool is quite common.

Design ingenuity

Among the four most recent smartphones in the premium category that we are comparing in this review, the Honor V10 has the highest battery capacity. When we take those capacity numbers in relation to the weight and the size of each smartphone, we can conclude that the V10 delivers the highest mAh (capacity) per cubic inch: 746 mAh/CI vs. 652 mAh/CI for the OnePlus 5T, 640 mAh/CI for the LG G6 and 635 for the Essential PH-1.

The 5.99-inch V10’s display comes in second in the screen-to-body ratio comparison with 78.6%,  over 6 points behind the Essential PH-1’s 5.71-inch display, which takes the first place on the podium at 84.9%, maybe to compensate for the lower battery capacity.

The larger 5.99-inch display combined with the 3750 mAh high capacity battery explains the heavier weight of the V10, compared to the lighter LG G6 and OnePlus 5T. However, at 172 grams, the new Huawei Honor premium smartphone  is 13 gram lighter than the PH-1.

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Display
5.99"
2160x1080
IPS LCD
403 PPI
Price
~$499 - Amazon
Camera
16 MP
F1.8 Aperture F-Stop
Weight
172 g
Battery
3750 mAh
Non-Removable
No Wireless Charg.
Launched in
2017-11-01
System
6GB RAM
Kirin 970 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
128
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